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Mansun’s Paul Draper apologises for “losing focus” at Nottingham show

By | Published on Thursday 8 March 2018

Paul Draper

Former Mansun frontman Paul Draper has issued an apology after a show on his tour marking the 21st anniversary of the band’s debut album ended in chaos earlier this week.

Since last month, Draper has been undertaking a solo tour, complete with backing band, in which he performs Mansun’s ‘Attack Of The Grey Lantern’ album in full. And generally to great acclaim, we should add.

However, at a performance at Nottingham’s Rescue Rooms on Monday, Draper appeared to be drunk and angry. Fans complained that he seemed to forget the words, sit out sections of songs, apparently fired his keyboard player on stage, and eventually walked off early.

Offering a “sincere apology” on his Facebook page, Draper explained that “a personal issue raised its head just prior to the gig that deeply upset me and affected my performance”.

“I lost my focus for the gig due to this”, he went on, saying that he was “gutted” because the tour has been “phenomenal up to this point” and the Nottingham show “should have been a highlight”.

He also promised to “make it up to the fans” who attended the Nottingham show.

The tour concludes tonight at Electric Brixton in London.